Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Orpheum Theatre on Mar 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

It’s hard to get a photo of this theatre without STOMP on the marquee. It has been playing for 18 years.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Mar 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

MarkieS, sounds like it could have been part of the Theatre Unique but I haven’t seen any sign it was ever called the Lyric.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Proctor's 125th Street Theatre on Feb 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thank you, Ed. I understand the post now.

By the way, I also thank you for teaching me how to hyperlink!

On a personal note, I think you would ‘need’ to see this: I don’t know how to buffer it. It hurts too much.

http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2012/02/inside-elk.html

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO 86th Street Theatre on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

Here

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Ed, I think “Tom Sawyer” holds up. The rest, not so much.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Majestic Theatre on Feb 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I guess I mapped the 2nd Avenue on the east side of the street for some reason but that well be that theatre. It says BENEFIT TICKETS on the banner above.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Ed, Ron3853 ran this on July 18, 2004.

I then ran this in 2008: THE SUNSHINE BOYS ran until January 22, 1976 March 12- May 12, 1976 ROBIN AND MARIAN May 13- June 3, 1976 THE BLUE BIRD June 4- June 17, 1976 1776 June 18- July 28, 1976 HARRY & WALTER GO TO NEW YORK July 29- Sept 15, 1976 SWASHBUCKLER Sept 16- October 6, 1976 PAPER TIGER October 7- November 3, 1976 A MATTER OF TIME November 4-January 12, 1977 THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE March 3- March 30, 1977 MR. BILLION March 31 – April 27, 1977 THE LITTLEST HORSE THIEVES April 28- May 18, 1977 THE STING May 19- June 29, 1977 SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT June 30- September 15, 1977 MacARTHUR November 3- January 11, 1978 PETE’S DRAGON March 2- April 16, 1978 CROSSED SWORDS April 27- May 17, 1978 THE SEA GYSPSIES May 18- June 21, 1978 FANTASIA June 22- August 2, 1978 MATILDA August 3- ? THE MAGIC OF LASSIE November 2- January 17, 1979 CARAVANS March 8 – April 25, 1979 THE PROMISE

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Majestic Theatre on Feb 12, 2012 at 6:44 am

Joe, that photo on ‘Off the Grid’ also appears to show the New Law (just north of the Woolworth as Photoplays)and the Public (On the right side of the street on 4th, the future home of CBGB’s).

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Clinton Theatre on Feb 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

You are exactly right. I found this in the NYT, 1918.

“Interest in the real estate market yesterday centred upon the sale of an east side theatre and tenement property. The Blinderman Cohen Amusement Company, lessee of the premises, bought 80 and 82 Clinton Street, extending through to 97 to 103 Attorney, from heirs of the Martin Grossman estate.”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

Or here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Easy to forget Myron. It was an awful film.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I think the intention was that he would thread up the projectors during intervals and then come back down, the way manager/projectionists did outside New York.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

The console was installed in the auditorium so that a single projectionist could run the whole operation from downstairs with closed circuit TV views of all three projectors upstairs. It gave the projectionist a patron’s- eye view of the presentation.

The Union never accepted the concept so it never ran that way.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sheridan Theatre on Feb 5, 2012 at 8:25 am

dmtyler, I doubt “DEEP THROAT” ever played at the Roosevelt since it was banned in Miami Beach after the Sheridan premiere.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25725093@N07/6823711111/lightbox/

“TORA! TORA! TORA” had a very long Roadshow run at the Beach and not at the Sheridan which was indeed showing “SONG OF NORWAY” at the time.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LL4lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=sPMFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4887%2C105337

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Adonis Theatre on Jan 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

This intro needs to be corrected. This Adonis stopped operating in 1989 in conjunction with the opening of the World Wide Center. The Adonis operation then moved down to the Cameo Art on 44th Street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 12, 2012 at 10:04 am

Ed, check out TIMES SQUARE ROULETTE by Lynne B. Sagalyn, DOWN 42nd STREET by Marc Elliot, and GHOSTS of 42nd STREET by Anthony Bianco.

There are also several newspaper articles and sleazier books about tracking down the landlords of 42nd street. Many owners were buried in the actual paperwork by design so no one would go to prison during obscenity raids. Even arrested employees claimed not to know who the tenants and landlords actually were. Someone came by delivered or and picked up a bag of cash once a month in order to handle payrolls and rent.

The assumption was that the mafia bosses of shelter companies willed some of the properties to the Catholic Church who then became landlords of properties they were unaware of until NYC authorities started procedures to evict them. At least that is the story the church has claimed. Large payments were made to Disney, the church, and numerous shady companies by the Guiliani administration with Federal, State and City tax grants in order to clean up 42nd Street. To sweeten the deal, the Guiliani administration allowed the porn shops to relocate in the boroughs where they had been refused licenses before.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Parkwest Theatre on Jan 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Thank you for this, Sam. It is a wonderful contribution!

It confirms the theatre name as one word.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Moviebuff82, the Empire is not a good example of what’s wrong. It is actually a pretty decent theatre. Too many mindless CGI superhero movies are what’s wrong. There used to be a better balance.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Ed, I have few book on the subject and they credit/blame the Dinkins administration, not Dinkins himself, for the changes. The deal with Disney was made while Dinkins was mayor but it was predicated on cleaning up the street first.

Guliani did have connections with the Gambini Family and the Catholic Church, two of the major landlords of the x-rated shops and brothels that operated down 42nd street. He helped sign off on the forced evictions that made the project eventually happen, but delayed everything by threatening to derail it all if he was not put down front and center of the deal.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 10, 2012 at 11:05 am

Actually Giuliani’s only contribution was not stopping it as long as he had the photo op.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Mini Art Cinema on Jan 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

The address here should be 320 41st Street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Alpine Theatre on Jan 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Or “Popeye”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Alpine Theatre on Jan 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

I am.

They only harassed people on the Bay Ridge side of the Gowanus. Didn’t you ever wonder why Spike Lee movies played to all white audiences at the Alpine? Or why horror and big action movies always did better at the Fortway even if they were move-overs from the Alpine?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Alpine Theatre on Jan 8, 2012 at 6:29 am

Techman, you may have noticed that minority audiences were rare at the Alpine and that the grosses reflected their reluctance to come into Bay Ridge at night. Even our ethnic Alpine employees had problems with the local police.

The Fortway attracted the Sunset crowd and had some problems. That is the price we paid for higher grosses.

You are correct about Garth Drabinsky and he now has the criminal record to prove it.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Alpine Theatre on Jan 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

There was no such intentional preference against the Alpine. The Fortway just had access to an ethnic audience that Bay Ridge police intimidated at the Alpine. Blacks and hispanics were simply not welcome in the streets of Bay Ridge in the evenings, even as late as the late nineties, so movies with wide appeal went to the Fortway first.

Mr. Goldberg was simply grade-A asshole. Dead or alive. Anyone who knew GTM could confirm that.

I worked for Cineplex Odeon and dealt with these silly Brooklyn clowns for years.